Cakgr to officiate Barca-Juve Champions League final in Berlin

Turkish FIFA-ranked referee Cuneyt cakir has been chosen by UEFA, European football’s governing body, to officiate the 2015 Champions League final between Spanish giant Barcelona and Italian powerhouse Juventus in Berlin on June 6.

In addition, Turks Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun were named the assistant referees and Huseyin GOcek and Barii Simsek as the additional assistant referees, with Mustafa Emre Eyisoy the reserve assistant referee.

“The match at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday 6 June will be officiated by the 38-year-old, who has been an international referee since 2006. In total, cakir has taken charge of 70 UEFA matches. This season, he has overseen three UEFA Europa League fixtures and four in the UEFA Champions League, including the round of 16 first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea FC in France,” UEFA stated on its website on Monday evening. “The fourth official will be Jonas Eriksson from Sweden,” the statement continued.

“England’s Martin Atkinson will take charge of the UEFA Europa League final between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Sevilla FC,” the statement further noted.

cakir was the first Turkish referee to officiate in a World Cup (Brazil 2014) in 40 years and also the first Turk to officiate in a World Cup semifinal. He was in charge of the Argentina-Netherlands semi on July 8 in Brazil that the Argentines won 4-2 in a penalty shootout to secure a final berth against eventual champion Germany.